Goathland is a beautiful village nestled in the North York Moors, it’s a great base for your Yorkshire holiday. With many things to do in Goathland and the surrounding areas you are sure to keep yourself occupied.
North York Moors Railway (NYMR)
The North York Moors Railway is a regional specialty attraction that provides fun for the whole family. The world famous steam service runs from Whitby to Pickering and passes through a handful of beautiful stations in the stunning scenery of the North York Moors. Calling at six stations across 24 miles of track these vintage steam engines are a real blast from the past. You might recognise the iconic station at Goathland for its appearance in the world famous ‘Harry Potter’ films, as ‘Hogsmeade’ station.
Goathland Station: Cow Wath Bank, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5NF
Walks around Goathland
When researching things to do in Goathland walking is high on everyones list. Our favourite walk is the Mallyan Spout / Beck Hole loop. Starting at the Goathland Car Park, this route is a brisk 3 miles whisk is suitable for all abilities; particularly families, nature enthusiasts and woodland wanderers. Typically this walks around three hours long so its a great way to spend a morning with the kids before a tasty lunch back in the village.
The route takes in delightful woodland and follows the water at West Beck before returning along the original Pickering to Whitby railway line track bed. There are toilets at the start and finish of the walk.
Mallyan Spout Waterfall
This wonderful natural waterfall is the reason that many Victorians locked to this former spa village in the 1900’s. The 21m of tumbling waters enchanted the visitors of yesteryear, putting Goathland firmly on the tourist circuit of the era. Be sure to visit this sublime attraction on your visit to Goathland. Set in a deep gorge in the North York Moors, the Mallyan Spout is the highest waterfall in Yorkshire, a must see activity for all visitors to this wonderful village.
Getting there: Mallyan Spout Waterfall, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5AW
Looking for accommodation close by? Stop at the Mallyan Spout Hotel
The Model Centre
For those interested in model railways, there is the The Model Centre which is a wonderful little shop selling all kinds of model railway paraphernalia to satisfy your trainspotter after a visit to the NYMR at Goathland Station. There’s local ‘Aidensfield’ souvenir pieces available here too.
Phone: +44 1947 899 125
St Mary’s Church
Situated at it’s present site since Elizabethean times, St Mary’s Church, was fully rebuilt in the 1900’s being completed by its designer, Mr Walter H Brierly of York in 1896, at the time he said: “The qualities of simplicity, breadth and sturdiness were felt to be especially required for such a bleak moorland situation, and were aimed at in the design” There has been a place of worship in Goathland for at least eight centuries.
A Day Trip To Whitby
One of the most popular things to do in Goathland is venture over the North York Moors and visit Whitby for the day.
Whitby is a seaside town that rests along the North Yorkshire Coast at the mouth of the River Esk around 20 minutes drive from Goathland. Whitby visitors will find that Whitby possesses uniquely diverse claims to fame. The well known explorer Captain James Cook began his famous sailing adventures here. Legendary writer Bram Stoker experienced a stroke of genius in Whitby when he first conceived the idea for his classic novel Dracula.
Some of Whitby’s most popular attractions include; Whitby Abbey, The Captain Cook Museum, visiting one of the many beaches, visiting nearby local villages and taking a ride on the NYMR railway plus much, much more.